About the Coastal Management Program
The Coastal Management Program is comprised
of a network of offices within the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection that serve distinct functions yet share responsibilities that
influence the state of New Jersey's coast. Through the Coastal Management
Department manages the state's diverse coastal area. A primary mission of the Program
is ensuring that coastal resources and ecosystems are conserved as a
vital aspect of local, state and federal efforts to enhance sustainable
coastal communities. The coastal boundary of New Jersey encompasses the
CAFRA area and the New Jersey Meadowlands District. The coastal area
includes coastal waters to the limit of tidal influence including: the
Atlantic Ocean (to the limit of NJ's seaward jurisdiction); Upper New
York Bay, Newark Bay, Raritan Bay and the Arthur Kill; the Hudson, Raritan,
Passaic, and Hackensack Rivers, and the tidal portions of the tributaries
to these bays and rivers. The Delaware River and Bay and other tidal
streams of the Coastal Plain are also in the coastal area, as is a narrow
band of adjacent uplands in the Waterfront Development area beyond the
A central component of New Jersey's Coastal Management Program is
the Coastal Management Office, which is part of the Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning in Land Use Management. The Coastal Management Office
administers the planning and enhancement aspects of New Jersey's federally
approved Coastal Management Program. Office staff develop and implement
long range planning projects involving coastal resource issues, and
coordinate their efforts with complementary programs having similar
interests and initiatives in the coastal area. These complementary
programs include the Jacques
Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve , and three estuary
Harbor and the Barnegat
Bay, as well as the coastal programs of adjacent states. The staff
also advises the Department regarding existing policies that influence
coastal resource management. Staff members work with municipal, county
and state government, as well as non-profit groups on non-point pollution
abatement projects. The Coastal Management Office staff also administers
Coastal Zone Management Grants and prepares grant performance reports.
The Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning reviews and administers New Jersey’s federal Coastal Management Program and is responsible for development
and implementation of the DEP Municipal Public Access Planning program. The Office also coordinates the Department's Living Shoreline program.
The Division of Land Use Regulation reviews coastal permit applications submitted
to the Department under CAFRA, the Waterfront Development Law, and
the Wetlands Act of 1970. (A description of these three laws is provided
in the "Coastal Zone Boundaries" Fact Sheet). The Division of Land Use Regulation also reviews permit applications submitted
under the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act and conducts Federal
Consistency reviews. The Office of Dredging and Sediment Technology
functions in an equivalent capacity for dredging and port development
projects. The Division
of Fish and Wildlife, the Historic
Preservation Office and other Department offices, provide technical
assistance for these application reviews.
of Tidelands Management, which is part of the Division of Land Use Regulation, serves as staff to the Tidelands Resource Council. The Council
is responsible for conveyance of State-owned tidelands.
of Coastal and Land Use Enforcement investigates possible coastal
and freshwater wetland violations and seeks remedies for violations.
The Bureau is also responsible for ensuring compliance with coastal
and freshwater wetlands permits issued for projects throughout the
and Construction Program manages coastal area dredging and shore
protection projects, and provides aids to navigation. Shore protection
projects include beach replenishment, bulkhead installation and groin
modification. Engineering and Construction also participates with
the US Army Corps of Engineers on all Corps sponsored shore protection
projects in New Jersey.
In 1961, the Green
Acres Program was established to address New Jersey's growing
recreation and conservation needs. The primary focus of Green Acres
is acquisition of land linking existing protected areas to create
open space corridors. These corridors provide valuable contiguous
linear habitat that facilitates movement of wildlife, parkland for
recreation, and areas of scenic benefit between towns and urban centers.
Many of these lands are in the coastal zone. In addition, the Coastal
Blue Acres program was created with the passage of the Green Acres,
Farmland, Historic Preservation and Blue Acres Bond Act of 1995.
The bond act provides $15 million for grants and loans to municipalities
and counties to acquire coastal lands for recreation and conservation
that are storm damaged, prone to storm damage, or that buffer or
protect other lands from storm damage.
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